Casting News: Song, Fight, Beauty

Can a Song Save Your Life?
“True Grit” star Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of “Once” director John Carney’s “Can a Song Save Your Life?” at Exclusive Media Group. Shooting on the film kicks off in June.

Scarlett Johansson plays a talented young singer who crosses paths with a depressed record producer (Mark Ruffalo) and they strike up a relationship. Steinfeld will portray Mark Ruffalo’s daughter. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight
Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella have signed on for Stephen Frears’ upcoming HBO TV movie M”uhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” about Ali’s 1967 arrest for draft evasion and the legal battle that took him all the way to the Supreme Court.

Plummer will play Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II, Langella will take on the role of Chief Justice Warren Berger. Shawn Slovo (“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”) penned the script. [Source: EW]

Beauty and the Beast
Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux are set to star in a new version of “Beauty And The Beast” for Pathe. Christophe Gans (“Silent Hill,” “Brotherhood Of The Wolf”) helms this version which begins shooting in the second week of October.

Gans says his approach “will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe.” [Source: Screen Daily]